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Firefighters battling fire near Beit Shemesh

Illustrative: A firefighting plane dumps water on a forest in the Judean Hills during an exercise on March 29, 2012. (Omer Miron/Flash90)
Illustrative: A firefighting plane dumps water on a forest in the Judean Hills during an exercise on March 29, 2012. (Omer Miron/Flash90)

Firefighting teams are battling a large blaze on the outskirts of Beit Shemesh.

Five teams and four planes are attempting to extinguish the fire near the Khirbet Hanoot archeological site, close to the small town of Mata, fire officials say.

A group of children who were hiking in the area were evacuated and are unharmed, according to the Fire and Rescue Servies.

The firefighters have yet to establish control over the blaze.

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